San Jose Cat Killer Pleads Guilty to 21 Felony Counts of Animal Cruelty

If convicted on all counts, Robert Farmer can now spend up to 16 years in prison

Robert Farmer, of San Jose, faces 21 felony animal abuse charges in Santa Clara County.

A San Jose man on Tuesday pleaded guilty to 21 counts of torturing and killing cats.

Robert Farmer originally faced up to 16 years in prison. Details of his plea agreement weren’t immediately known.

Investigators said Farmer was caught on surveillance cameras last year trying to round up on of his alleged victims. The cats were sometimes mutilated and abused, according to investigators.

When police arrested Farmer, they said there was a dead cat in his car. The incident occurred in San Jose’s Cambrian Park neighborhood.

He was hit with additional charges in July.

The new charges stem from missing cats, and DNA of those cats allegedly found in Famer’s car and clothing. The prosecutor called it the Jane Doe approach, where a body has not been found, but DNA links a suspect to a missing person who is presumed dead.

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